Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD has sent a message of condolence to the Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazak on the death of his father, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Folorunsho Abdulrazak, OFR, SAN at the age of 93.
Governor Ikpeazu notes that the late A F Abdulrazak, SAN was one of the most accomplished Nigerians and the first northern Nigerian ever to qualify as a lawyer having been called to the Bar in 1955 at London’s Inner Temple.
According to the release by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onyebuchi Enemanka, Governor Ikpeazu said that “the late Abdulrazak’s life was a compendium of excellence in public service. He served our country in several capacities over a period of close to five decades.
He was Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Ivory Coast from 1962 to 1964, Honorable Minister of State for Transport from 1964 to 1966 and Commissioner for Finance, Health and Social Welfare from 1967 to 1972”.
Ikpeazu notes further that “the late sage also played a major role in the growth and stability of the Nigerian economy when he served as Vice President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange between 1983 and his 2000, and then as President of the Exchange between 2000 and 2003. He was also Chairman of the Body of Benchers, the body statutorily charged with the admission of new entrants into the legal profrssion”.
Governor Ikpeazu urges his brother Governor to take pride in, and give thanks to God for, the very illustrious life his late father lived and especially for the fact that he lived a very long and successful life, including being alive to see his son emerge as elected Governor of Kwara State.
The Governor, on behalf of his family, government and people of Abia State, prays the Almighty God to accept his soul and grant the family, especially his 90 year old widow, Alhaja Raliat, the fortitude to bear the loss.